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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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You bet pits matter Any pitting more than .01 inch deep over a .375-in area (about the size of the top of a pencil) condemns the breech cap and tube.
This work, says the author, can be treated as the second edition of Pitting Corrosion of Metals (NACE, 1986), which covered the state of understanding after some 60 years of research.
The size, shape, and texture of these marks closely resemble pitting on nut-cracking stones used by chimps and modern hunter-gatherers, the researchers assert.